LIFE Camp is for Christian kids who were in third through eighth grade in the most recently completed school year. LIFE Camp is not an evangelistic camp, but rather is designed to provide in depth teaching for kids from Christian families. A substantial portion of our campers are homeschooled. We also have many kids from Christian schools and public schools. Most campers come from the California Central Coast, but we have had campers from other parts of California, as well as Nevada, Alabama and Georgia.
LIFE Camp is not affiliated with any of the other excellent camps in the area. Each camp has its own mission. Ours is to serve kids from Christian families who already have a basic understanding of the Gospel and a commitment to the Bible.
LIFE Camp staff members are generally from local churches. All have been carefully selected, and have submitted a written testimony, and a reference letter from a leader from their church. Many staff members are former campers. Others are parents of campers. All staff are volunteer.
LIFE Camp is primarily supported by the camper registration fees. In addition, a small portion of our budget is funded by personal donations. We are vigilant about financial responsibility, and strive to maintain low costs to avoid being a financial burden to parents who want to send their children. If you are interested in donating toward camp or sponsoring a camper, please contact:
Jake Rothman at 805.286.6378 or jakerothman at lifecampslo.org.
LIFE Camp uses the New King James Version for teaching and memory verses. Campers may use another translation (not a paraphrase) for memory verses if that is what they are used to using. They should be aware that most campers and staff will be using the NKJV.
It is important that campers and staff dress modestly, as befitting Christians. Shorts should extend to at least the fingertips when the arms are straight at one's side. Short midriff shirts and low cut shirts are not acceptable. Tight fitting clothing should be avoided. Girls' swimsuits should be one piece or a t-shirt should be worn as a cover-up. Also, campers should bring appropriate footwear. Athletic shoes are best for playing field games, and sandals or old sneakers (not flip-flops) work best for creek walking.
Because LIFE Camp is a very safe away from home environment, we often get kids who have never been at camp before or who have never even spent a night away. Our experience is that homesickness is best dealt with by encouraging the children to get involved in the activities and to get to know the other campers. Phone calls may help as a last resort, but generally they cause the feelings of homesickness to intensify. We do encourage parents to write letters to their children during the week. Letters can be delivered on Monday when you drop off your kids. Just write what day of the week you want the letter delivered to the camper. Letters can also be mailed to:
LIFE Camp Attn: (Camper's Name) 3067 Upper Lopez Canyon Rd. Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Please do not mail letters to the camp until the week of camp, as there are other camps that use the campground before us.
Phone calls from home are not recommended, but it is understandable that in a special situation (e.g. emergency, birthday during camp, etc.) you may need to reach your child. The phone number during camp week only is 805.489.7631.
Lopez Canyon tends to be pretty temperate, but can get warm during the day. Nights and mornings tend to be very cool. We recommend cool clothing that is conducive to playing sports, as well as some warm clothing for when it is cool. Pack plenty of socks, as campers sometimes soak their shoes and socks in the creek. An extra pair of shoes or strappable sandals for walking in the creek is highly recommended.
All campers should bring a Bible, preferably a New King James Version. Campers should bring enough clothes for six days, with some extra just in case. Campers should bring a modest bathing suit, and a towel. Of course a pillow, sleeping bag, and toiletries are necessary. Stamps, paper and envelopes are also a good idea so your child can write you. Disposable cameras are recommended. If your child plays an instrument, he or she might want to bring that for the talent show. Pianos are not recommended as we already have one in the chapel. Some campers also enjoy bringing books to read, and props for skits.
Money is not needed, so we recommend campers not bring any to avoid any risk of losing it. Please do not send cell phones, music players, video games, pocketknives or matches with your child. We strongly discourage campers from bringing candy or snacks as we provide those and want to avoid campers getting too much sugar or attracting bugs to the cabins.
Please write any such requests on the camper application. We will do our best to accommodate all requests, but cannot guarantee that every camper will be with every friend requested. Age is an important factor in cabin assignment as the counselors need to gear the devotions discussions to the age and maturity of the campers. Please note that even if two campers are in different cabins, they can probably still be together almost all of each day.
Yes. We will do our best to honor all such requests, but cannot promise that every camper will get his or her first choice. All of our counselors are well qualified and have a heart for the Lord and for children. Often kids think their counselor from the previous year was "the best counselor ever", only to have a new "best counselor ever" the following year.
Campers will enjoy playing on the field both during game time and free time. There is a pool with a certified lifeguard, and swim time is always very popular. In addition, there will be hiking, and playing in the creek. Some kids enjoy sitting under the shade of the giant oak trees to read during free time.
The talent show is one of the most popular events at LIFE Camp. Campers can perform on their own, or band together with others to perform. Popular acts include singing, skits, and songs on musical instruments, among other things. Talent is not necessarily required.
Yes. In fact, we encourage parents to spend time with their children after camp discussing what they learned. We give handouts and strongly encourage the children to take notes. Additionally, if you want copies of the lessons, please contact Jake Rothman.